Shri Datta Swami

Posted on: 17 Jul 2019

     

What is the meaning of the inverted tree example in the Gita?

Shri Anil asked: In a discussion forum, a person asked what is meant by the inverted tree described in the Gita. The tree is said to have its roots above and its branches and leaves growing downward. Could You please explain its meaning?

Swami replied: The inverted tree represents the creation. The branches, leaves, flowers and fruits represent the world, which is many-fold. The root of the world-tree represents the Creator-God, who is the Cause of the world. God is greater than world and hence, the root is above and the tree grows downward from it. If you worship God, which is like watering the root, all your worldly bonds, which are like the branches, leaves and so on, will flourish. But if you just worship the worldly bonds, it is like directly watering the branches, leaves, and flowers, which is useless and the worldly bonds will dry up and perish. Hence, if your love-water is given to God, who is the Root, all your worldly bonds will be saved and they will remain alive. But if you give your love-water to your worldly bonds, neglecting God who is the Root, it will be of no use and your worldly bonds will not be protected. Wise people pour water at the root and fools, who do not realize how it actually works, pour water on the branches, leaves and flowers. These fools think that the dried leaves and flowers will become green with the water that is directly poured on them. The wise man knows that the dry leaves and flowers will come alive only by pouring water at the root. If you really love your family members, stop loving them because your love is not true love. It is foolish love. If you actually love your family, stop loving it and instead, start loving God so that God will protect them. In doing so, you will be showing true love for your family. When you cannot even protect yourself, how can you protect others?